Regional Impact Fund of CSCF

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Regional unrestricted giving is at the core of CSCF’s mission—to enhance the quality of life in the Central Susquehanna Valley.

The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation has undertaken a 5 1/2 county-wide initiative to meet ever-changing community needs. Our Foundation’s Regional Impact Fund is an unrestricted fund established to address a broad range of local needs, including future needs that often cannot be anticipated. As a community leader, it is our responsibility to evaluate all aspects of community well-being. The flexibility of unrestricted gifts lets us respond to the community’s most pressing needs today and tomorrow.

Make a Donation

Support a broad range of initiatives that meet needs across 5 1/2 counties. Help us increase future grantmaking power by in our region. Make a donation to the Regional Impact Fund today!

2019 Competitive Grantround

The Regional Impact Fund recently held its second competitive grantround with an exciting twist. Finalists were invited to the Foundation's first Nonprofit Narrative, a platform where the organizations shared moving stories of impact and grant requests to the CSCF panel, board members, and other community funders. Through this extensive application and presentation process, the 2019 Regional Impact Fund grantround awarded a total of $50,000 to 14 nonprofit organizations. For a list of recipients and more information, click here.

A special thank you to M&T Bank and many individual donors for their generous support of the 2019 Regional Impact Fund grantround.

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Past Grants Awarded

The Foundation awarded $50,000 in 2018 during its first competitive grantround for the Regional Impact Fund. The grants supported the following nonprofits: Birthright of Sunbury, Inc., Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Camp Koala, Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc., Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Inc., Nicholas Wolff Foundation, Inc., North Branch Young Life, Shamokin and Coal Township Public Library, Susquehanna Valley CASA, Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, Inc., and the United Way of Columbia and Montour County.

Impact Symposium 2018

To meet the goals above, the Foundation hosted our first regional Impact Symposium on June 6, 2018, at Bucknell University. More than 120 representatives from nonprofit organizations serving Columbia, Lower-Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Union and Snyder Counties participated. The Symposium brought together our regional nonprofit partners from 5 counties to identify and evaluate unmet needs, network, learn and collaborate. Experienced professionals lead breakout sessions focusing on county and a variety of program areas.

The Symposium concluded with an exciting announcement about the Regional Impact Fund’s first competitive grantround. Under the oversight of the CSCF Board of Directors, with membership reflective of our region, 45 grant requests were reviewed based on the Needs Assessment Report containing information and data gathered at the Symposium. The Foundation presented 11 grant awards totaling $50,000 at an October 2018 breakfast.

View highlights and excerpts from the Symposium in the videos below.

Impact Symposium 2018: Summary

Keynote by Brad Ward

Message by Dr. John Kruelja